DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz wrote a letter on Friday to lawmakers informing them that his investigation is now complete and that a draft copy of his much-anticipated report on alleged FISA abuses during the course of the Russian collusion investigation has been delivered to Attorney General William Barr. In his letter, he stated his team has “reviewed over one million records and conducted over 100 interviews, including several of witnesses who only recently agreed to be interviewed.” Horowitz and his team have been working on this investigation since the spring of 2018.
The first “reluctant witness” he refers to is Christopher Steele, the author of the dossier. Steele was hired by opposition research firm Fusion GPS. His work was funded by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the DNC with money funneled through Washington law firm, Perkins, Coie. (This firm represented the Clinton campaign.)
The other last minute witness is former State Department Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Kathleen Kavalec, who met with Steele, quickly assessed his agenda and notified the FBI ten days before they applied for the first warrant to spy on Trump campaign advisor Carter Page. This was the last of three warnings the FBI received before using Steele’s unverified dossier as the basis of their first FISA application and for three renewals.
The IG report will answer the question we have been asking for two years. Did James Comey’s FBI acquire warrants to spy on Trump campaign advisor Carter Page illegally? If the recent buzz is correct, the report concludes that all four warrants were obtained illegally.
Horowitz wrote, “We have now begun the process of finalizing our report by providing a draft of our factual findings to the department and the FBI for classification determination and marking. This step is consistent with our process for reports such as this one that involve classified material.”
According to Fox News, Attorney General Bill Barr will begin the process of reviewing it. Horowitz wrote that “once the DOJ and the FBI send back a marked document relating to classified material, his team will proceed with our usual process for preparing final draft public and classified reports, and ensuring that appropriate reviews occur for accuracy and comment purposes.” He did not indicate how long this process will take. If I recall correctly, it should be about two weeks.